I have been playing D&D since the colored box sets back in the early 80’s. I was the only person in Bitburg Germany to have a subscription to Dragon Magazine in ‘85. I would often get to play with the other soldiers on base. D&D was the first thing I used to determine if I person was cool.
As to playing the game it takes me a few games to warm up. Once I find my “Character” I like to play full bore in character (it can reach costuming at its best times). I love classic dungeon crawls but also dig any story that turns epic.